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Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@boatus.com

 

Thumbnail photo of anglers competeing in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing ChampionshipCollegiate Bass Fishing Championship Heads to Pickwick Lake

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 10, 2014 - In less than 60 days the best collegiate anglers in the country will meet at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama to compete in the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's. The week of May 19-23 will bring 400 collegiate anglers to the renowned Florence, AL area and end with the crowning of our National Champions.

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Photo of an Ethanol gas sign at a gas stationVIDEO: Why Boaters Don’t Like Ethanol

WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2014 – If you own a boat, you may have heard by now that a government mandate has been increasing the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, which not only damages boat engine and fuel systems but can present very real safety concerns.

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Photo of Courtney Bacco, 2013 Catch of the Month Grand Prize WinnerOne Fish Photo Could Make You a Big Winner

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 1, 2014 - There’s a lot to pack before you head out for the spring fishing season. Just don’t forget the camera to take shots of your catch to submit to the BoatUS ANGLER “Catch of the Month” photo contest at BoatUS.com/angler/contest, which kicks off April 1st and runs monthly through October 31, 2014.

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Photo of Chris BowesBoatUS ANGLER Saves Bowes From Floundering

March 27, 2014 - Chris Bowes makes a living managing B.A.S.S. tournaments. It’s a job that involves way more than enforcing rules and weighing fish for thousands of participating anglers. Add working with local chamber of commerce folks, and making sure all fishermen get back to weigh-in safely, and you’ll be closer to completing Bowes’ long list of responsibilities. But on a recent leisurely fishing trip it was Bowes that needed assistance en route to the boat ramp.

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Photo of a bass boat being towedRoadside Breakdowns Not a Problem for 2014 Triton Boat Owners

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn., March 19, 2014 – A new partnership between Triton Boats and BoatUS ANGLER will bring roadside breakdown assistance benefits to buyers of 2014 model year Triton boats....

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Photo of a fishing line recycling binVIDEO: Build A Fishing Line Recycling Bin This Winter

ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 18, 2014 – It’s hard thinking about fishing when most of country is still frozen solid. However, anglers anticipating the spring bite can make a difference with improving fish habitat this upcoming season by building a fishing line recycling bin with some help from the BoatUS Foundation...

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Photo of members of the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean teaching kidsVote For Your Favorite Safe Or Clean Boating Grant Project By March 28

The Stakes are Higher with More Funding Available"

ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 14, 2014 – The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is looking to the public to help it select the winning projects in the competitive 2014 Grassroots Grants Program, which provides local non-profit groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. Anyone with a love for the water, boating and fishing is encouraged to go to either …

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Photo of angler Darold Gleason with his 11 lb, 3 oz bass ccaught at Toldeo BendLast Cast Prayer Nets 11-pounder

TOLEDO BEND, Tex, March 1, 2014 - It’s a theological maneuver that a lot of tournament anglers turn to in the last moments before stowing the rods and running to weigh-in. And for Toledo Bend guide and B.A.S.S. Open angler Darold Gleason, this time, his silent request for divine assistance got answered in a big way. Like 11 pounds and 3 ounces worth.

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Photo of LIVETARGET Elite Pro-Angler Stephen BrowningLIVETARGET Elite Pro-Angler Stephen Browning Wants to Take You Fishing

LAKE GUNTERSVILLE, Ala., February 20, 2014 -- He’s caught over two tons of bass throughout his B.A.S.S. tournament history, taken home over a million dollars in winnings, and is now in his ninth Classic appearance starting tomorrow on Lake Guntersville. Now, you have a chance at LIVETARGET Elite Pro-angler Stephen Browning taking you fishing for the day, showing you one his favorite lakes this fall if you’re the lucky winner of the “Target Bass with Browning” contest, sponsored by BoatUS ANGLER and LIVETARGET lures.

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Photo of Stacey O'Neal and Capt. Shane O'Neal of TowBoatUS ChickamaugaVIDEO for Valentine's Day: A Pawned Wedding Ring Has a Happy Ending

LAKE CHICKAMAUGA, Tenn., February 10, 2014 - For a former firefighter low on cash and his new bride, starting an on the water towing business that helps recreational boaters get safely home wasn't easy. It was 2008 and Capt. Shane O'Neal had no capital to purchase his first towboat, but his wife, Stacey, did have the wedding ring Shane had given to her. So in an act of love and sacrifice that resonates on this Valentines Day, Stacey gave Shane the ring to sell to a local pawn shop so he could buy the towboat, a 21-foot center console fully rigged for towing and salvage work.

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Photo of a boat sinking at the dockFive Ways Your Boat's Insurance Policy Can Fail You

CHICKAMAUGA LAKE, Tenn., January 16, 2014 -- An on the water towboat company that helps Tennessee boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake, which is owned and operated by Captain Shane O’Neil and his wife, Stacey O’Neil.

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Photo of Shane and Stacey O'Neil receiving their BoatUS Tower Of The Year awardTowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake Named Tower of the Year at Annual BoatUS On The Water Towing Services Conference

CHICKAMAUGA LAKE, Tenn., January 16, 2014 -- An on the water towboat company that helps Tennessee boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake, which is owned and operated by Captain Shane O’Neil and his wife, Stacey O’Neil.

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BoatUS ANGLER Announces New Collegiate Bass Promo

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, December 18, 2013 - The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that BoatUS ANGLER will continue its support of the 2014 Cabela's Collegiate BassFishing Series. As a series sponsor, BoatUS ANGLER will enjoy extensive promotion with collegiate anglers throughout the nation at numerous events as well as on television. Both the ACA and BoatUS ANGLER are pleased to announce the creation of a new discount program designed exclusively for collegiate anglers competing in college fishing events.

This year they unveiled a new discount that would benefit many collegiate anglers who participate in the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship series. Collegiate anglers are eligible to receive a 40% discount on our 24/7 Unlimited TRAILER ASSIST Roadside Assistance Membership.

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Members of One Million Stewards Program at White Bear Lake, MinnesotaLast Call: BoatUS Foundation Grant Program Deadline January 15

December 10, 2013 - This is a quick story about how one of our little red towboats helped fledging pro angler Chris Jones get a berth at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic

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photo of pro angler Chris Jones holding his Bassmaster trophyTow Me to the Bassmaster Classic

December 10, 2013 - This is a quick story about how one of our little red towboats helped fledging pro angler Chris Jones get a berth at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic

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Sample of an ethanol fuel labelBoatUS Speaks Up for America’s Boat Owners at EPA Ethanol Hearings

WASHINGTON, DC, December 5, 2013 - The blending of ethanol into the nation's gasoline supply was the topic of a hearing held today by the EPA to discuss the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. Last month, EPA released the 2014 proposed standards which reduced the amount of corn ethanol mandated under the RFS for the first time since the law was implemented.

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Photo of a gasoline pumpE15: A Good Law, For Yesterday

A turkey farmer, an environmental activist, and a boater walk into a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill. That may sound like a joke in the making, but it actually describes a few of the diverse witnesses who marched up to a hearing on a hot, muggy June 5 to tell Congress that a once well-intentioned national fuel policy has outlived its usefulness. Add to this unlikely group a motorcyclist, a gasoline refiner, and a classic-car collector, and you start to put a new face on the nation's renewable fuel debate.

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BASS Nation Champ Jeff Lugar holds his Weigh-to-Win checkB.A.S.S. Nation Champ Keeps Cashing-in

LAKE DARDANELLE, Ark., November 13, 2013 -- As if winning a national championship and a berth to the Bassmaster Classic didn’t have Virginian Jeff Lugar feeling affluent enough, he now feels even richer thanks to the $1,000 check he recently received from BoatUS ANGLER’s “Weigh-to-Win” program.

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Cabelas Collegiate Bass Fishing Series logoACA Announces 2014 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Presented By BoatUS

San Antonio, TX, October 15, 2013 - Cabela’s, The World’s Foremost Outfitter, has continued their sponsorship of the Association of Collegiate Anglers, and the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Once again the title sponsor of the entire series which consists of three major events, including the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open and the season-ending BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. The sponsorship also includes numerous school run events nation wide many which count towards the prestigious 2014 Cabela’s School of the Year race.

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BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award winner Jim Martin, of the Berkley Conservation InstituteBerkley Conservation Institute's Jim Martin Honored with BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award

PORTLAND, Ore., October 7, 2013 – Recycling used fishing line seems easy enough. Build some recycling line containers or bins, install them at the water’s edge and teach anglers to put the used line safely inside. Since 2008, the BoatUS Foundation has helped install over 2,000 line-recycling bins at docks, ramps and boat clubs. But none of this would be possible without a dedicated partner in the fishing industry who is committed to collect all of the line and ensure it’s recycled. This partner is Berkley Conservation Institute’s Jim Martin.

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BoatUS Foundation President Chris EdmonstonBoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston Elected Chairman of National Safe Boating Council

ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 2, 2013 -- BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston has been elected Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). Created in its current form by the Federal Boating Safety Act of 1971, the Council is the nation’s principal public-private boating safety advocacy organization with a coalition of over 330 US and international member organizations. Its mission is to promote a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training.

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Tom Benton and Jim Frazier of TowBoatUSTowBoatUS Saves the Day

MUSKOGEE, OK — A typical day of B.A.S.S. tournament competition for a TowBoatUS crew begins with leading the boats from the harbor at the official takeoff. The remainder of the day is spent waiting for calls seeking assistance for their services. The phone and radio remain silent most of the time. The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central No. 2 on the Arkansas River was different.

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Lake Berryessa boat rampAfter Fight, Boaters Get Reprieve With California Legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 17, 2013 – Last week, the national boaters’ advocate, Boat Owners Association of The United States, and the state boaters’ watchdog group, Recreational Boaters of California, reached out to Golden State boat owners to advise them of pending legislation, SB 436, that would have siphoned funds from the Harbor and Watercraft Revolving Fund for non-boating purposes...

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George HommellFishing pioneer Hommell dies at 88

George Hommell Jr., renowned as President George H.W. Bush's flats guide and co-founder of Islamorada's World Wide Sportsman store, died Saturday. He was 88. Born in New York state, Hommell moved to Islamorada in 1945 and played a large role in making the Keys the sportfishing capital of the world.

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Colton LambertYoung Angler Catches New Maryland State Record Largemouth

AUGUST 28, 2013 - Colton Lambert, 12, caught a Maryland record Largemouth Bass while fishing at a farm pond in his hometown of Huntingtown on July 31. The fish was 11 pounds, 6 ounces, 26 inches long and 18 inches around.

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BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship ready for another year in Florence, Alabama

San Antonio, TX, August 20, 2013 - Florence, Alabama and the Association of Collegiate Anglers will once again be heading to Florence and Lake Pickwick for the season ending event of the 2014 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing series.   The ACA will hold the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship between the 19th and 23rd of May. 

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2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Airs August 28

FLORENCE, Ala., August 19, 2013 - They study hard to get good grades. But that's not the only reason why these college kids hit the books. It's to live the dream of being of a collegiate angler participating in the pinnacle of college fishing: The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship held on Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama. Now, fishing fans across the country can watch the young men and women compete when the championship airs on the NBC Sports Network's "Destination America," Wednesday, August 28 at 2:30pm EST.

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Travis CockburnZona Gives Back With an Awesome Fishing Trip for a Lucky Angler

Why does former pro angler and host of the Outdoor Channel's "Zona's Awesome Fishing Show", Mark Zona, love his BoatUS ANGLER on the water and road towing membership? He's locked keys in his truck at the launch ramp. He's had two flat tires on his boat trailer. And "Mr. Out-of-Gas" came a calling while out fishing on the lake. Each time, his BoatUS ANGLER membership saved the day.

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SEaTex Marine Services in Port Arthur, TX, Joins the BoatUS Fleet

SEaTex, the marine services company that Ryan owns with his brother Matt, has joined the nationwide BoatUS on the water assistance network as an official “listed tower.” That means SEaTex will provide towing services 24-hours a day, 365-days a year to members with annual on the water boat towing plans, as well as offering assistance to any boater needing a little routine help, including battery jumps, soft ungroundings and fuel drop-offs.

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The World’s Largest Fishing Trade Show Once Again Lives Up to Its Reputation

Las Vegas Convention Center – July 12, 2013 - From every corner of the globe, exhibitors, buyers and media converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show. Held July 9-12, the 56th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), is the annual trade event that helps drive the global sportfishing industry and is the showcase for the latest innovations in gear, accessories and apparel.

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ICAST Names Their "Best of Show" for 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 8, 2013 - Like many Americans, boat owners have to watch their budget. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has nine tips on ways boaters can save this summer. What's the catch? Some require BoatUS or BoatUS ANGLER membership, which cost just $24 annually and includes $50 of free on the water or on the road towing, 24-hour dispatch, and access to programs and services that make the boating, sailing or fishing experience better.

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Nine Ways Boaters Can Save This Summer

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 8, 2013 - Like many Americans, boat owners have to watch their budget. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has nine tips on ways boaters can save this summer. What's the catch? Some require BoatUS or BoatUS ANGLER membership, which cost just $24 annually and includes $50 of free on the water or on the road towing, 24-hour dispatch, and access to programs and services that make the boating, sailing or fishing experience better.

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Go Slow, Expect Delays, Says Boat Owners Group on Expected Heavy Boating Traffic for July 4th Holiday Week

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 24, 2013 - Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says this July 4th holiday week will be a doozie for America's recreational boaters. While boaters will have the best views for waterfront fireworks shows, "From June 29 to July 7, America will have more boats on the water than at any other time during the entire summer boating season," said BoatUS Director of Public Affairs Scott Croft.

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NOAA Study Finds Anglers Top U.S. Lightning Victims

NOAA's National Weather Service has discovered that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths.

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Tommy BiffleOklahoma's Tommy Biffle Comes From Behind For Win In Bassmaster Elite Series Event On The Mississippi

June 24, 2013, LA CROSSE, Wis. - Tommy Biffle was watching the clock. With 45 minutes left in the final round, Biffle knew it was time to give up on the special smallmouth spot he'd been milking during the entire four-day Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole.

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Richard SchwartzBoatUS Chairman and Founder, Richard Schwartz, Set to Retire

June 19, 2013 -- Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Chairman and Founder Richard Schwartz has announced his retirement from a 47-year run as the leader of the half-million-member boating association, effective July 1, 2013. He passes the torch of the nation's #1 boat-owners advocate to BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich and other key leadership staff. He will remain Chairman of the BoatUS Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the BoatUS National Advisory Council.

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TarponTarpon, bonefish to become catch-and-release only; FWC considers tarpon gear modifications

June 12, 2013, FLORIDA - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland, approved a proposal to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only fisheries and moved forward with a proposal to modify the types of gear used to target tarpon in Boca Grande Pass.

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Caleb NewtonVirginia Snakehead catch may be a world record

June 3, 2013, Stafford, VA - Caleb Newton has been fishing Aquia Creek in his native Stafford County for much of his life. On Saturday, fishing with a buddy on the Potomac River tributary, Newton caught what appears to be the fish of a lifetime—a world record northern snakehead.

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Effect of snakeheads and Potomac River's health

June 6, 2013, ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The health of a river is evident in the heath of its fish. And while the Potomac River has to make strides before its wildlife is considered healthy, experts say it's getting better. Just last year, the Potomac River was named the most endangered river in the U.S. by the group American Rivers. Capt. Steve Chaconas, a Potomac River bass fishing guide with 20 years experience, is on the river almost every day and knows the river's changes.

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David GnewikowGnewikow, Sain take top honors at Triton event

PARIS, Tenn. – David Gnewikow and Jason Sain beat more than 300 other teams to win the 14th annual Triton Owners Tournament, held May 31 and June 1, 2013, on Kentucky Lake near Paris, Tenn. Running out of Paris Landing State Park to fish the massive system, Gnewikow and Sain finished with a perfect two-day tournament limit weighing 44.10 pounds for a 4.41-pound average. For the win, they took home $7,500 in cash and a set of Carlisle trailer tires.

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Kurt DoveBassmaster Elite Pro Kurt Dove Wants to Show You "His" Lake

Win an Elite Fishing Experience on Lake Amistad, Texas, Courtesy of BoatUS ANGLER
DEL RIO, Texas, June 3, 2013 - He likes Buffalo hot wings and listens to any kind of music. He also loves top waters and is an expert using plastics in heavy vegetation. And when it comes to "his" bass factory, Lake Amistad, Texas, Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Kurt Dove knows it like his own backyard. Now, you can spend a day fishing Amistad with Dove courtesy of BoatUS ANGLER, the on water and roadside assistance service for boat owners, simply by becoming a member at www.BoatUSAngler.com. However, you must join by August 25 to be eligible to win. All current BoatUS ANGLER members are automatically entered.

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National Fishing and Boating Week 2013 Kicks Off June 1

May 30, 2013, ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign encourages families, kids and outdoor adventurers to experience the joys of boating and fishing, starting with National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 1-9, 2013 and heading into the long-awaited summer vacation season.

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Bryan SmithAngler Sets New Fly Rod State Record for Channel Catfish

May 29, 2013, ATHENS, TX - When Bryan Smith of Athens isn't helping visitors to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) catch fish, he does some fishing on his own. On Friday, May 24, the TFFC volunteer took advantage of some free time to do a little fly-fishing.

"Fly-fishing is my passion, and nothing could have been greater than what happened that day," Smith said. What happened was a new state record for heaviest channel catfish caught on a fly rod. The fish weighed 20.8 lbs. and was 35.5" long.

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Bethel University Wins 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

FLORENCE, AL, May 26, 2013 - Bethel University began and ended in the lead of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship; however, it was Zack Parker and Matthew Roberts who ultimately hoisted the trophy. The team rallied from sixth place to overtake fellow Bethel University teammates Cody Ross and Dewey Swims, who began day two as the leaders. Parker and Roberts did it with the heaviest catch of the event, 25.88 pounds. Their two day total was 46.76 pounds, a new BoatUS Collegiate Bass Championship record.

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Understanding Recreational Bag Limits - Tips from FWC

FLORIDA, May 23, 2013 - Fishing can sometimes be famine, but on the days when it is feast, it's important to know your bag limit, aka the number of fish you can keep and take home for dinner. These limits are a useful tool in helping protect many of our recreationally important species. There are several types of bag limits and, sometimes more than one type applies. Some even vary by region (spotted seatrout, red drum, weakfish and bay scallops)

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Jason ChristieChristie Doubles Up On BoatUS ANGLER "Weigh-to-Win" Bonuses

BULL SHOALS LAKE, Ark., May 16, 2013 -- BoatUS ANGLER member Jason Christie had an April full of tournament success that was more like a dream than reality. In back-to-back weeks, the former college basketball player won two professional tournaments.

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BoatUS Collegiate Bass Championship Will Build on Last Year's Awesome Florence Debut

May 14, 2013 - If the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship merely matched the enthusiasm and success of the 2012 event, it would still be the greatest collegiate bass fishing event around. On the other hand, every indication is that this month's event will exceed last year's huge success, and that's cause for celebration.

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Choctaw BassFlorida FWC Scientists Discover New Bass Species

May 8, 2013, FLORIDA - Scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have uncovered a new species of black bass in the southeastern United States. Scientists have proposed naming the new species the Choctaw bass and recommended the scientific name of Micropterus haiaka.

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New law puts redfish off limits to commercial fishing

May 7, 2013, ATLANTA, GA - Fans of redfish will either have to catch it themselves or buy it from someone out of state now that Georgia has a new law prohibiting its commercial harvest.

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Bassmaster Magazine's 100 Best Bass Lakes Announced

BIRMINGHAM, AL, April 30, 2013. - The second annual list ranking the country's best bass lakes has been released by Bassmaster Magazine. The list appears in the May issue, which hits newsstands today. Michigan's Lake St. Clair took the No. 1 spot, while Falcon Lake, which was last year's No.1, fell to seventh.

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You Go Fishing, We'll Fix Your Flat

SHREVEPORT, La., April 23, 2013 -- There’s a BoatUS ANGLER "Weigh-to-Win" decal on the gunnel of Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Champion Matt Lee’s bass boat. He believes in the goodness of the association that makes it their mission everyday to take care of anglers and boaters in need. And a couple of months ago, Matt Lee became an angler in need.

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Angler Reels in Arizona's Heaviest Recorded Fish

PHOENIX - Eddie "Flathead Ed" Wilcoxson was asleep on the fold-out cot of his 24-foot pontoon boat on Friday, April 12, when what would become a state record flathead catfish began taking drag at Bartlett Lake.

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Georgia's Patrick Bone wins Bassmaster Southern Open at Douglas

Courtesy of The Fishing Wire - DANDRIGE, TN, April 8, 2013 - Patrick Bone of Cleveland, Ga., the second day leader, landed in first place with a 22-2 limit that boosted his total to 65-4. He stayed in one area of the lake and fished and refished four 100-yard stretches of bank with an A-Rig.

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So Long to The Bass Professor

By Frank Seargeant, courtesy of The Fishing Wire - Doug Hannon, who died March 28 at age 66, was one of the world's best known fishermen, an innovator and inventor who had a huge impact on both the fishing industry and angling know-how.

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B.A.S.S. Nation partners with BoatUS ANGLER to be their Official Towing Service

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 2, 2013 - Angler-friendly service and benefit organization BoatUS ANGLER has graciously extended its helpful hand by becoming a new sponsor and the Official Towing Service of the B.A.S.S. Nation.

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Take Your Camera on Your Next Fishing Trip and You Could Win Big

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 1, 2013 - There's a lot to pack before you head out for the spring fishing season. Just don't forget the camera to take shots of your catch to submit to the BoatUS ANGLER annual "Catch of the Month" photo contest at www.BoatUS.com/angler/contest, which kicks off April 1 and runs monthly through October 31, 2013.

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Record 10-lb. Spotted Bass Caught on River2Sea S-Waver Swimbait

Richmond, CA – March 21, 2013 – When Oakdale, Calif. resident Randy Pierson went to New Melones Lake, nestled at the base of the Sierra Foothills east of Stockton on March 1, he had no idea he was what he was about to experience.

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54.3-pound Blue Catfish Sets New Mark for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, GA - Jordan Rethmeier of Garland and his father often fish in Lake Zebco, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center's stocked casting pond. They've caught some big catfish, but Saturday, March 16, produced the biggest yet, a new water body record blue catfish.

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Oklahoma Angler Catches State Record Largemouth Bass

OKLAHOMA, MARCH 15, 2013 - There must be something in the water of Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma, because it produced the second state record bass in just under a year. Angler Dale Miller, 54, only recently began fishing at the lake and he was pleasantly surprised at his good fortune. “Last month, I bought a fishing license, and this month I have the state record for the largemouth bass,” Miller said.

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BoatUS ANGLER and "Hook n' Look" Smallie-Fest Sweepstakes Could Get You on TV

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 12, 2013 – From the folks at BoatUS ANGLER who won’t leave you stranded, to the TV show guys who brought new meaning to the term “underwater action,” anglers will want to win the “Hook n’ Look” Smallie-Fest Sweepstakes. Presented by BoatUS ANGLER, the grand prize is a fishing trip to the world-class smallmouth fishery, Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, with Hook n' Look TV show’s Kim and Danny Stricker, and includes a $1,000 gift card to cover airfare and lodging. However, for a chance to win you must be a BoatUS ANGLER member by April 30, 2013.

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Palaniuk Continues to Cash-In from Runner-Up Spot

TULSA, Okla. March 11, 2013 -- For a guy that finished in heart-breaking second place at the Bassmaster Classic, Brandon Palaniuk continues to be a winner. His latest post-Classic celebration comes from hauling home a $1,500 cash bonus as the highest eligible registered Classic participant in the BoatUS ANGLER “Weigh-to-Win” program.

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Bass anglers shatter tournament record

CHICAMAUGA LAKE, TN, MARCH 11, 2013 - Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the water, a pair of Chattanooga-area fishermen has once again "broken the bank" in a Chickamauga Lake bass tournament.

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Bassmaster Classic Reports Near-Record Attendance Figures

TULSA, Okla. — Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of early morning launches could keep bass fishing fans from packing venues at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The world championship bass fishing tournament, held Feb. 22-24, recorded the second highest attendance for the three competition days in the event’s 43-year history.

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World Record Striped Bass Caught In Alabama

ALABAMA, March 2, 2013 - Retired Alabama ironworker James R. Bramlett of Dora, has apparently shattered a long-standing Alabama state record and potential set a new world record after landing a 70-lb. striped bass while fishing on the Black Warrior River.

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"Co-Anglers" Can Also Cash-in With BoatUS ANGLER's Weigh-to-Win in '13

ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 28, 2013 -- Now entering its third tournament season, BoatUS ANGLER’s “Weigh-to-Win” cash contingency program becomes even more generous as it now includes payouts for co-anglers too in 2013.

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Mississippi's Pace Triumphs At Bassmaster Classic In Tulsa

TULSA, Okla, February 24, 2013 - Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., now owns what only 33 others can claim: a Bassmaster Classic title. On Sunday, Pace won the 43rd world championship of bass fishing, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. His prize for a three-day catch of 54 pounds, 12 ounces, was $500,000 and the most coveted trophy of the sport.

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Little Lake Does Not Always Mean Little Fish

Zebco Lake’s small size does not give a hint of what monsters lurk beneath its surface. On the morning of Valentine’s Day, Jonathan (“Gonzo”) Gonzalez of Kaufman caught a blue catfish measuring 35.25 inches long and 23 inches in girth and weighing 18.6 pounds.

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Bass Fishing Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members During Bassmaster Classic

CULLMAN, AL - At its quarterly meeting held this week in Cullman, AL, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Board of Directors ratified the Hall’s 2013 inductees. In recognizition of their major impacts upon the world of bass fishing, tournament angler Mike Folkestad, fishing electronics innovator Darrell Lowrance and legendary guide, educator and lodge owner Jack Wingate will be formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) during the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

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10-Year-Old Boy Catches World Record Black Grouper

A black grouper caught by Matthew Poldy, 10, was recently certified by the International Game Fish Association as a world record in the Small Fry category, reports The Washington Post.

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2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Registration Underway

SAN ANTONIO, TX, February 1, 2013 - Registration for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's is officially underway.  "The Championship" is the nation's largest collegiate fishing event each year and a full-field of 200 collegiate bass fishing teams is expected.

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Five On-the-Water Towboat Captains in AZ, FL, NY, NJ and GA Honored for Heroism - Capt. Sean McKinney, Vessel Assist Lake Havasu, Takes Top Honor

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla., January 28, 2013 – With over 600 tow boats spread across North America, the law of averages dictates that, eventually, BoatUS towing captains will be thrust into the middle of life-threatening emergencies. BoatUS Towing Services recently honored five of its captains.

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ACA Collegiate Bass Fishing Open Returning to Paris, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas – January 21, 2013 – Collegiate anglers throughout the country will be setting their sights on Kentucky Lake for the 2013 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open. Serving as host for the fourth consecutive year, The Henry County Alliance of Paris, Tennessee, and the Paris Landing Marina will be tournament headquarters.

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Dove Renews Partnership with BoatUS ANGLER

ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 14, 2013 -- BoatUS ANGLER, the fishing boat insurance program that also offers valuable roadside boat trailer assistance and on-the-water towing service, announced today that it has re-signed Kurt Dove to their national pro-staff. Kurt competed in the Bassmaster Elite Series for three seasons from 2006-2008 and will return to Elite Series competition in 2013.

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Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Registration Underway

SAN ANTONIO, TX, January 7, 2013 - The Association of Collegiate Anglers has opened registration for the 2013 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash. Students may now register at: www.collegiatebasschampionship.com/2013-Cabelas-Big-Bass-Bash.html. Branson, Missouri will host the event March 21-23, 2013 and students should expect great spring fishing on Table Rock Lake.

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Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Opens on Harris Chain

January 4, 2013 - With rod guides freezing up around the country, college anglers welcomed the chance to head south to Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes to try their hand at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4-5.

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Last Cast of the Day Was the One for BoatUS ANGLER Photo Contest Winner

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss., January 3, 2013 - When local angler Troy Helwig departed Ocean Springs Harbor early one morning last fall along with six good friends for a day of Gulf angling, the dead calm waters gave no hint for what was in store for the day.

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Forget to "Winterize" Your Fuel?

With E10 gasoline, special care needs to be taken before storing it for the winter. Manufacturers strongly recommend either emptying the tanks completely or topping them up and adding stabilizer for the winter. So what do you do if you forgot?

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The Bassmasters Returns for 30th Season

Since its debut in November 1984, The Bassmasters has taken viewers out on the water and up on the stage for all the drama from bass fishing’s most prestigious tournament trail. In 2013, the award-winning program is back for its 30th season with six hours of Bassmaster Classic coverage...

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Record Striped Bass Caught While Surf Fishing

As of Dec. 8, Delaware has a new state record holder for the largest striped bass landed in Delaware waters. Ben Smith of Bryn Mar, Pa., was fishing in the surf at Delaware Seashore State Park on Saturday when he reeled in a 52-pound striped bass measuring 51 inches long and 30 inches in girth.

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Ranger Boats Begins Production on New Aluminum Line

DECEMBER 3, 2012 - Ranger Boats, the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, announces the launch of an all-new aluminum series of boats for the 2013 model year. A state-of-the-art production facility, located adjacent to company headquarters in Flippin, Ark., was unveiled earlier this week.

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2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela’s Preview

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, November 29, 2012 – The 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s will be returning to Florence, Alabama, for the next five years and details for the 8th annual event are taking shape. Collegiate anglers from across the country should block off the entire week of May 20-24 off on their calendars for another record- setting event.

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34 Redfish Help Angler Sweep Redbone and Trilogy Titles

November 12, 2012 - With fantastic weather, a spot-on guide and a strong bite of redfish, Ross Reeder, of Miami, earned the grand champion title among other honors at the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Nov. 2 – 4, which also celebrated its silver anniversary as a major fundraiser for cystic fibrosis treatment and research.

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Bassmaster Opens Series gives co-anglers and pros shot at top prizes

BIRMINGHAM, AL, November 13, 2012 — Some anglers are signing up in hopes of winning a coveted berth in the Bassmaster Classic. Others want to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series. And still others simply want to pocket prizes while making a name for themselves on the national tournament scene.

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Entry Dates and Format Changes Announced for 2013 FLW College Fishing Tournaments

November 14, 2012 - Entries will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m., Dec. 17, 2012, for teams from school clubs represented in the 2012 College Fishing National Championship. All other teams may enter beginning Dec. 18. Top entry priority will be given to teams that supply their own boat. All other entry priority will be assigned by date and time of entry. If a team is unable to supply their own boat after indicating they will do so at the time of entry, the team will lose its top entry priority.

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Boaters After Sandy: Tips on Getting Salvage and Repairs Done Right

ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 2, 2012 - For many recreational boaters, getting the right salvage and repair help for a damaged boat after a hurricane is difficult. Some insurance programs like BoatUS will arrange and pay to have their insured's boats salvaged and other insurers will at least provide some assistance, but those without insurance don't have anyone to lean on. For those going it alone, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips to find the right salvor and to help get the repairs done right.

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Largemouth bass with black "camouflage" look caught and released on Onondaga Lake

PENNSYLVNIA, October 29, 2012 - Nick Giamei, of Homer, caught and released this interesting-looking, 18-inch largemouth bass with a "camouflage" coloring on Onondaga Lake late last week.

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Boat Owners: What to Do After Sandy

ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 31, 2012 - It's barely a day since she struck the New Jersey coast with all her fury, and early reports indicate that Hurricane Sandy has caused significant damage to marinas, boat yards, boat clubs and boating infrastructure. The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Catastrophe Response Team, which handles the recovery operations for BoatUS marine insurance customers and is often tasked to coordinate salvage operations at local marinas, has been mobilized.

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First-time marlin catch off Cabo San Lucas worth $2.4 million

October 29, 2012 - Until arriving in Cabo San Lucas for last week's Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament, Dave Sanchez's most impressive catch was a largemouth bass caught in his home state of Missouri.

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Big Berth Day - Mark Dove gets birthday wish; leads group of six new Classic qualifiers

DECATUR, AL, October 29, 2012 — There may be no greater birthday present for a bass fisherman than to hoist a tournament trophy over his head, one that he’s been wanting for at least 15 years. That was Mark Dove’s gift today, when he won the 2012 Cabela’s Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship on Alabama’s Wheeler Lake.

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Putting a Boat Away for the Winter? What You Need to Know About E-10 Gas

ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 23, 2012 - Nearly full tank or nearly empty tank? That is the big question facing boaters now in the midst of preparing their boats for the long winter hibernation. The concern is ethanol - an octane enhancing gasoline additive that has some unfortunate, harmful side effects on marine engines. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips learned from fuel industry insiders on how to store a boat with E-10 gasoline (containing 10% ethanol) over the winter.

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Auten and Tierney win Toyota event on Norman

LAKE NORMAN, NC, October 14, 2012 - Todd Auten and Pat Tierney thought they had a good sack, 10 or 11 pounds maybe, but instead the pair had a solid 13 pounds, 1 ounce, enough to best the rest of the field at the Toyota Trucks Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament on Lake Norman by 2 pounds, 4 ounces.

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Cheryl Bowden Wins Lady Bass Anglers Association Classic at Guntersville

October 15, Guntersville, AL - Anglers participating in the 2012 Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) Lady Bass Classic were again faced yesteday with changing conditions and a changing bite. Even though the bite was off Fort Worth pro Cheryl Bowden made the best of those changing conditions and caught three Lake Guntersville bass weighing 7.99-pounds.

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Zona "Whacks 'Em" with BoatUS ANGLER Contest Winner
Self-Proclaimed "Knucklehead" TV Show Host Shows What Happens When You're Well-Mannered

KALAMAZOO, Mi., October 10, 2012– Who would have known that taking a chance at winning some hard-earned tournament dollars would lead to a fishing trip of a lifetime? That’s what happened to BoatUS ANGLER member and Bassmaster Weekend Series angler Travis Cockburn of Illinois, who signed up for the association’s Weigh-to-Win tournament incentive program available with his BoatUS ANGLER towing membership.

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The Yellowfin Tuna That Could be Worth $1 Million for "The Lucky One"

The California man who recently caught a yellowfin tuna weighing at least 420 pounds had set out on a mission. He wanted to catch a record-breaking fish and he did everything he could to get it. Guy Yocom, a businessman from Dana Point, is now awaiting official certification from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) that would declare his tuna as a new world record.

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Texas Boaters Can Take No-Cost Boating Safety Course at Home

BoatUS Foundation Online Boating Safety Course Approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife

OLYMPIA, Texas, October 9, 2012 – Legislation passed last September now requires all Texas boaters born on or after September 1, 1993, and operating personal watercraft, motor vessels with 15 or more horsepower or wind-powered vessels greater than 14 feet, to have mandatory boater safety education. The catch is, until recently a Texas boater had to break out their wallet to pay for a course...

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Burghoff Wins Walmart BFL North Carolina Division Super Tournament on High Rock Lake

September 25, 2012 - Miles Burghoff of Orlando, Fla., had a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 36 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division Super Tournament on the High Rock Lake Sunday. For his victory, Burghoff earned $4,604.

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Toyota's Ultimate Fishing Tundra Build Underway for SEMA

TORRANCE, CA., September. 24, 2012— Bassmaster Elite Series pro angler and BoatUS ANGLER member Britt Myers knows a thing or two about bass fishing. And as a well-known builder of custom Toyota Tundras for his fellow anglers, he had an idea or two for a singular Tundra with everything an Elite Series pro could imagine—plus a little more.

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Collegiate Angler Matt Lee Awarded truck and boat

DECATUR, IL, September 23, 2012— Auburn University student and Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket winner Matt Lee says he can’t stop using the term “surreal” in referring to winning a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

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University of Illinois Students Win Illinois College B.A.S.S. Bash

Lake Shelbyville, IL, September 24, 2012 - University of Illinois student Justin Kaszuba says Lake Shelbyville is one of the state’s best bass fishing lakes — under normal conditions.Fishing was abnormally tough over the weekend as Kaszuba and his college fishing team partner, Luke Stoner, were only able to catch two bass in a day-long tournament among college anglers Sunday. But those two fish were enough to win bragging rights in the Illinois College B.A.S.S. Bash.

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Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

Cullman AL, September 20, 2012 - In recognizition of their major impacts upon the world of bass fishing, tournament angler Mike Folkestad, fishing electronics innovator Darrell Lowrance and legendary guide, educator and lodge owner Jack Wingate will be formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) during the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

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Christie would sooner win at home

Wagoner, OK, September 10, 2012. — With all the challenges facing anglers at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Fort Gibson Lake, it only seems logical that an Oklahoman would take the top prize. Jason Christie of Park Hill did just that, posting the second heaviest catch of the tournament in the final round to edge Arkansas Elite Series pro Kevin Short by almost two pounds.

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Casey Scanlon Got a Check Before The First Cast at Fort Gibson

FORT GIBSON LAKE, OK., September 7, 2012 -- On an auditorium stage inside the Wagoner, Oklahoma Civic Center, Casey Scanlon was awarded a paycheck in front of hundreds of his fellow competitors long before anybody made a cast at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Fort Gibson Lake.

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Bass fishing legend claims second FLW Tour win on Lake St. Clair

WOODHAVEN, MI, August 26, 2012. – With his spot in bass fishing history already secure, it would be easy for Larry Nixon to coast for a few years before riding off into retirement. But Nixon simply isn’t wired that way; the competitive fire still burns.

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One Giant Step for Female Anglers

August 24, 2012 - Like a lot of us, Shawano, Wisconsin’s Marianne Huskey was bitten by the fishing bug at an early age. Her passion for fishing, she says, “Started young, while fishing for perch on Lake Michigan with my grandfather.” Her desire to catch another and another became overwhelming, and so began her lifelong quest to become a professional angler.

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Hot Weather Fishing Tips From BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 20, 2012 - It’s been a scorcher of a summer, but that hasn’t kept anglers from fishing. Some, like BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staff angler David Gnewikow (juh-nee-vuh-koh) of Tennessee, have simply figured out a way to manage the heat as they battle it out with pizza oven-like temperatures.

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Gluszek goes wire-to-wire at Cayuga

August 20, 2012, Seneca Falls, NY - New Jersey’s Pete Gluszek hasn’t fished a Bassmaster Classic since 1999, but he’ll be back in 2013 after winning the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on New York’s Cayuga Lake. Gluszek went wire-to-wire at the event, posted the best catches in the field on each of the first two days and a finishing with a three day total of 56 pounds, 1 ounce.

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Indianapolis angler becomes youngest pro to claim Forrest Wood Cup

DULUTH, GA, August 12, 2012 – At 21 years of age, Jacob Wheeler is barely old enough to sip his hard-earned victory champagne. But he executed a game plan and held his composure like a seasoned veteran at the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier.

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Angler Sets Tournament Record with Nearly 1,000-pound Tiger Shark

After a wearisome three-hour fight with a thousand-pound tiger shark, 21-year-old Tyler Kennedy finally had his tournament-winning shark in tow and on the way to the scales.His shark officially weighed in at 948.6 pounds and shattered the tournament record of 874.6 pounds for a tiger shark.

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Angler's Chance at $1.1 Million and World Record Crushed

For months, Rodney Ply sat anxiously awaiting a life-changing decision from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) that could make the Arkansas angler $1 million richer. On August 2, the IGFA finally revealed their ruling. To Ply’s utter dismay, it said a 68-pound striped bass he caught would not be certified as a record because of the lure he used to catch the fish.

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Gas Prices Change Course; Boaters Look to Save

Alexandria, Va., July 31, 2012 - Gasoline and diesel fuel prices are changing course, and that's leading boaters on a new heading to find savings in the family boating budget.

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Sportfishing Industry Awards 2012 "Best of Show" Honors

Paris, TN, July 15, 2012 – Angier, North Carolina pro angler Monica Altman pulled in a 17.91-pound five-bass limit from Kentucky Lake to claim a classic come from behind victory in the 2012 Lady Bass Anglers Association Larry Shaffer Memorial Tournament.

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Monica Altman Charges from Eighth to Win on Kentucky Lake

Paris, TN, July 15, 2012 – Angier, North Carolina pro angler Monica Altman pulled in a 17.91-pound five-bass limit from Kentucky Lake to claim a classic come from behind victory in the 2012 Lady Bass Anglers Association Larry Shaffer Memorial Tournament.

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Arkansas Tech University Tops 159 Collegiate Fishing Programs

SAN ANTONIO, TX, June 27, 2012 -The point system awards one point for every team overtaken during competition in 22 sanctioned events. Bonus points were available for hosting events and participating in the Berkley Conservation Institute program. ATU capitalized on every opportunity presented to earn this prestigious honor.

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New champion in Titletown

GREEN BAY, WI, July 3, 2012 — Four days on Lake Michigan produced four different tournament leaders at the Bassmaster Elite Series Green Bay Challenge, but it was the leader at the end of today's final competition round who takes home the trophy, $100,000 in first-place prize money and an automatic berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

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New TowBoatUS Service Opens in Lafitte, Louisiana to Help Boaters in Need

LAFITTE, La., June 29, 2012 — Boaters in the Mississippi Delta region have a new and low-cost way to get help if they run aground, run out of fuel or have a mechanical breakdown. Capt. Shane O'Neal, who runs TowBoatUS "ports" in six other locations in Tennessee and Alabama, has opened TowBoatUS Lafitte, Louisiana.

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Mark Zona Says He'll "Be Nice" to BoatUS ANGLER Winner

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 26, 2012 - If you're an angler and you know what a "slaunch" is, chances are you're a fan of Mark Zona, the self-proclaimed "knucklehead" host of TV's Bassmaster Elite Series and "Zona's Awesome Fishing Show." Now, with some help from BoatUS ANGLER, the 24-hour towing service and insurance provider, Zona wants to take you to all of his secret locations on his home waters in the state of Michigan for an "Awesome Fishing Trip" in search of slaunches - monster smallmouth bass.

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University of North Carolina Charlotte climbs to the top

PARIS, TN, June 25, 2012 - The University of North Carolina Charlotte "Bass Rats" are the champions of the 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, presented by Pepsi. The four angler team of Eric Self, Tyler Beam, Shane Lehew, and Adam Waters amassed a two day total of 41.07 lbs.

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BoatUS Towboat Fleet Reaches Milestone: Over 300 Locations

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 21, 2012 – The BoatUS Towing Services on-the-water towboat fleet has reached a milestone: there are now over 300 TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist locations across North America, making it the largest recreational boat towing operation in the world.

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Plano and Frabill Jon Forces

PLANO, IL, June 18, 2012 - Plano Molding Co. and Frabill Inc. have announced that they are joining forces, uniting two iconic fishing tackle brands that have been serving anglers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 70 years.

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BoatUS Goes to the Dogs

ALEXANDRIA, VA., June 7, 2012 — The nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has gone to the dogs. The association has recently launched several programs for dog and pet owners, including new pet insurance coverage through the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program.

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Angler Catches "The One That Got Away" Carrying Veteran's Prosthetic Hand

BOCA GRANDE PASS, FL, June 4, 2012 - A fish tale like this may never be equaled again. Jack Wiseman was wrestling with a large tarpon at a tournament when the fish got away with his rod and subsequently, his prosthetic hand that was holding on to the rod. This is his story.

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Boaters, Anglers: Gear Up for Summer Boating Season With BoatUS Towing App

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 5, 2012 - The summer boating season is heating up, but are you ready to handle a boat engine breakdown, grounding or dead battery far from the launch ramp or marina? Just in case, download the free BoatUS Towing App to your smart phone now at BoatUS.com/towing/app.

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College Anglers Grateful for BoatUS ANGLER

June 4, 2012 - As a Construction Management major at Georgia Southern University, Tanner Parker has made a study of tensional stress and load factors. However, a high-speed collision with a piece of floating debris shortly after takeoff at the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake introduced a load of stressful tension the 21-year-old never could have expected.

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Recycled Fish Gains Highly Competitive Grant Funding

May 31, 2012 - Recycled Fish, the non-profit organization of anglers living a "lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water," has received a Grassroots Grant from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water. The highly competitive, annual grant program is designed to help nonprofit groups, associations, organizations and other waterway users to help spread the message about safe and clean boating practices at the grass roots level.

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On-the-Water Boating Assistance Comes to Three North Carolina Lakes
New TowBoatUS Ports Open at Falls Lake, Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake

Beaufort, NC, May 31, 2012 — Capt. Lee Sykes has been helping coastal North Carolina boaters get safely home for the last six years as a captain and then owner of TowBoatUS Beaufort. Now, he has expanded his recreational boat towing business to several inland lakes.

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BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship - NC State Basspack Gets It Back

Florence, Alabama – May 25, 2012 - Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox are the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions. Over the course of two days they managed to haul 45.60 pounds of bass, both largemouth and smallmouth from Lake Pickwick. For the first time in its seven year history, the traveling trophy is making a repeat visit, heading back to Raleigh, North Carolina and the campus of North Carolina State.

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Conservation-Minded Fishing League Format Sweeps Western Wisconsin

May 15, 2012 - In the face of increasing state regulations of fishing tournaments and community concerns about the impact of competitive angling on local fisheries, a group of innovative, conservation-minded anglers have adopted a novel strategy for conducting weekly walleye tournaments on a set of lakes and rivers in western Wisconsin.

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"Sonar" Locates Weigh-to-Win

May 14, 2012 - Twenty-five-year-old Miles “Sonar” Burghoff got his nickname from a tournament fishing buddy, and certainly it seemed more than fitting given the fact that his Emmy Award winning father played the character “Radar” on the TV series M*A*S*H. Now he is paying his dues and collecting awards of his own in the form of tournament paychecks, and thanks to his allegiance to BoatUS ANGLER since winning the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, he’s recently added cash bonuses to his winnings as a member of the BoatUS ANGLER “Weigh-to-Win” program.

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Bassmaster Win is Graduation Gift for Miller and Billingsley

FT. GIBSON LAKE, OK, May 13, 2012 - Today was to have been the day for Mook Miller and Kyle Billingsley to walk across the stage of Bud Walton Arena and receive their undergraduate diplomas at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Instead, the two Arkansans walked across the B.A.S.S. weigh-in stage on the shoreline of Oklahoma’s Fort Gibson Lake and received their winner’s trophies at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Super Regional.

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Luke Clausen's Top 5 Summertime Bass Destinations

May 8, 2012 - Are you looking for a summer fishing getaway for the family or group of fishing pals? I have five must-visit locations that offer incredible bass fishing for the young, old and everywhere in between. Enough chatter – let’s get to my top 5 summertime bass fishing destinations!

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New TowBoatUS Service on Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee, to Help Anglers in Need

OLD HICKORY LAKE, Tenn. May 9, 2012 — Anglers on Old Hickory Lake near Nashville, Tenn., have a new and low-cost way to get help if they run aground, run out of fuel or have a mechanical breakdown. Capt. Shane O’Neal, who runs TowBoatUS ports in five other locations in Tennessee and Alabama, has opened TowBoatUS Old Hickory. “We saw the need for it,” O’Neal said,…

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Mom Will Have to Wait

Table Rock Lake, MO, May 3, 2012 - With Mother’s Day just around the corner, TowBoatUS Captain Dave Anderson may have some making up to do. But, accomplished female tournament angler Janet Parker will forever be grateful for the assistance he provided her during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake.

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Sophomores Breaking Down Fishing Walls

April 24, 2012 - Manny Cominsky’s presence at the podium early on the second day of the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash on Lake Lavon in Wylie, Texas must have drawn more than a few curious glances. It wasn’t immediately clear what school he represented—his jersey carried no indication of it—and certainly no one could recall seeing him at a tournament before.

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Three Safety Tips to Get You Safely Through the Spring Fishing and Boating Season

Annapolis, Md., April 25, 2012 - In many parts of the country, people are asking when did winter end and spring begin? Anglers and boaters are taking advantage of the unusually warm weather, but some may be forgetting that cold waters still lurk beneath the keel. Here's three easy safety tips from BoatUS.com/foundation that will help you get safely through the spring fishing and boating season.

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2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Promises to be a Slugfest

April 17, 2012 - When Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) teams from all over the nation descend on Pickwick Lake in late May for the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, grinding out a limit shouldn’t be a problem. The issue will be who can catch a kicker each day – or possibly a limit of kicker-caliber fish – to claim the title.

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Kansas Rainbow Trout Record Broken Twice in Three Days

Topeka, KS, April 12, 2012 - Anglers may soon be flocking to Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas hoping to catch their own record-breaking fish. Since two record-breaking fish were caught there within three days of each other, it’s no wonder!

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Tracy Adams Go Wire-to-Wire

Cornelius, NC, April 7, 2012 — A big opening day followed by double-digit limits the next two days made a winner of Tracy Adams at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman.

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Boaters on Alabama's Lake Martin Have New On-the-Water Towing Service to Call

LAKE MARTIN, Ala. April 5, 2012 - Capt. Jackson Dozier grew up boating on Lake Martin. "When my friends would go to the beach," he said, "I'd go fishing on Lake Martin." Now Dozier, a former dive instructor who earned his US Coast Guard captain's license 10 years ago, has turned his love and knowledge of the lake into a career.

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New Towing Service Ready to Help Boaters in East Tennessee Lakes TowBoatUS Fort Loudon/Tellico Lake Opens

FORT LOUDON/TELLICO LAKE, TN, April 3, 2012 — Capt. Jeff Walters has spent most of his life boating and fishing in the lakes of the Tennessee River system. “Boating has always been my pleasure activity,” the 69-year-old mechanical engineer said, “so when I retired from industry, I decided to make boating my second career.”

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Help Control the Spread of Snakehead Fish

ANNAPOLIS, MD. March 29, 2012. - Anglers who catch a snakehead fish could win prizes worth up to $200 in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) second annual snakehead contest. Anyone who removes at least one of the invasive, non-native fish from the Chesapeake Bay's watershed has the chance to walk away with prizes from Bass Pro Shops at Arundel Mills, the Maryland Park Service, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Collegiate Champions Look to Take Their Game to the Next Level

SAN ANTONIO, TX, March 28, 2012 - While their classmates worry about spring formals and graduation ceremonies, University of Central Florida students Miles “Sonar” Burghoff and Casey O’Donnell will be in Arkansas, fishing for an opportunity to take their angling careers to the next level.

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A Shotgun Marriage? Ethanol and Old Outboard Boat Engines

ALEXANDRIA, VA., March 28, 2012 -- Ever since E10 gasoline (gas containing 10% ethanol) became widely available several years ago, the nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has received hundreds of calls and emails complaining about boat engine problems. The majority of complaints concern older outboard motors, those made before about 1990.

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Delware Man Catches State Record-Sized Largemouth Bass

DELAWARE, March 26, 2012 - When James D. Hitchens of Georgetown set out yesterday for his favorite Sussex County fishing hole, he planned to catch largemouth bass, baiting his line with a live shiner minnow. However, he didn’t expect to set a new state record for the size of the largemouth bass that took his bait. “I’ve never had one over eight pounds,” Hitchens said. “So I was hoping for over eight pounds.”

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Arkansas Tech Claims Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash Honors

SAN ANTONIO, TX, March 27, 2012 -When collegiate anglers rolled into Allen, TX and nearby Lake Lavon last week, the fishery was a virtual unknown to just about all of them, but the Arkansas Tech team of Reagan Moore, Evan Barnes, Aaron Sarna, and Evan Smith worked together efficiently to pick the most productive area and unlock the lake's secrets. They quickly learned that a wave of large fish had rushed to the banks and pockets to begin their spring spawning rituals.

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South Carolina High Schools Angling to Make Bass Fishing a Varsity Sport

SOUTH CAROLINA, March 22, 2012 - Football, basketball, baseball and… bass fishing? High schools in South Carolina are bidding to make fishing an official high school sport, with teams, leagues and varsity letters. And with pro tournaments and television shows about fishing making it more popular than ever, some say it’s time for schools to recognize the activity as a full-fledged sport.

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Alton Jones Wins Bassmaster Elite Series 2012 St. Johns River Showdown

FLORIDA, March 18, 2012 - Alton Jones had one of those “I can’t believe this is happening” days Sunday but still held on for an 18-ounce win on the St. Johns River in the Bassmaster Elite Series. Jones entered the final day of the four-day tournament Sunday with a seemingly insurmountable 9-pound lead but just couldn’t get the big bite he had gotten the three previous days.

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10 Tips to Get Repairs Done Right

ALEXANDRIA, VA., March 14, 2012 - Many boaters and anglers work on their own boats, but there are times when professional help may be needed. With 30 years of experience dealing with marine service industry, the BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau knows that most marine professionals do the job right. Every year, however, a handful of boat owners wind up coming to the Bureau's Dispute Mediation program for help because of faulty repairs or disagreements with bills. Here are ten tips gleaned from mediating hundreds of cases over the years that will help ensure the job goes smoothly:

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New Largemouth Record Set in Arkansas

WYNNE, AR, March 1, 2012. - Almost 36 years to the day, Arkansas’s largemouth bass state record has finally been broken. On Tuesday, Paul Crowder of Forrest City set the new record on Lake Dunn near Wynne. Crowder’s lunker weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces, breaking the old record by just a single ounce.

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Alton Jones Gets a $9,000 Classic Bonus

SHREVEPORT, LA, March 1, 2012 - Alton Jones had barely settled into his seat in front of a microphone at a post-Classic press conference when officials presented him with two giant cardboard bonus checks from BoatUS Angler and Toyota totaling $9,000, to add on to the $30,000 he had just earned from B.A.S.S. for a 4th place finish on Shreveport's Red River.

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Chris Lane Claims Bassmaster Classic Crown

by Deb Johnson, courtesy of Bassmaster

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA, February 26, 2012 - “Go, Chris Lane!” As he stepped off the 2012 Bassmaster Classic stage on Sunday, Bobby Lane bellowed his brother’s name. Bobby had just been knocked out of contention. He knew Chris still had a good chance. More than good. Chris Lane of Guntersville, AL, won the Bassmaster Classic Sunday by more than 3 pounds, fending off hard-charging Greg Vinson.

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EPA Rejects Second Petition to Ban Lead in Fishing Tackle

courtesy of Wird2Fish.com

February 16, 2012 - The EPA basically rejected this petition on the same grounds it rejected an earlier petition in November of 2010. Basically it said there was not enough unreasonable risk to waterfowl from lead tackle to warrant influence from which federal action is required to adequately protect against these risks.

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Crankbait Helps Free Bassmaster Central Open Angler from Sand Bar

LEWISVILLE, TX, February 11, 2012 - Veteran tournament angler Jerry Lee found himself in a bad spot on the second day of competition during the Bassmaster Central Open. He was out of water. Lee, age 71, of Kiefer, Oklahoma, wasn’t just out of productive fishing water. He was out of water deep enough to pilot his bass boat. The independent contractor was stuck on an ultra-shallow sand bar on the far north end of Lake Lewisville amid bone-chilling north winds.

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Chapman takes Open in fish-off

LEWISVILLE, TX, February 12, 2012– Fittingly for stingy Lewisville Lake, the fish-off Sunday came down to one bite. Brent Chapman got it, Josh Bertrand never did.

Chapman caught a 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth and captured the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open title in extra innings after the two anglers tied for the lead on Day Three...

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BoatUS Asks: If Not Ethanol, Why Not Butanol?

ALEXANDRIA, VA., February 6, 2012 -- With its ability to attract moisture and clog fuel filters, it’s no wonder America’s boaters have not been thrilled with ethanol in gasoline, which today is most commonly found as a 10% blend and known as E10 at the gas pump. America’s desire for renewable fuels is growing, but recent Department of Energy tests on boat engines showed that…

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Texas 12 Year Old Shatters Six Records With One Catfish

TEXAS, February 1, 2012 - Lane has had aspirations of catching a lake record catfish for quite some time so I committed to taking some time off during the 2011 holiday season to spend some time to get him a junior angler lake record.

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Great American Fisherman Gets Great American Tow
courtesy of Ken Duke, B.A.S.S. Publications
TAVARES, FL, January 19, 2012 - B.A.S.S. legend Roland Martin has had better days on the water. The 19-time B.A.S.S. winner had just started his day on the Harris Chain of Lakes for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open when his outboard motor "blew up" at about 7:30 a.m.

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BoatUS ANGLER Will Assist Competitors in Need During B.A.S.S. Open Series
ALEXANDRIA, VA., January 18, 2012 – BoatUS ANGLER, which has provided both roadside and on-the-water assistance to boat and rig owners for nearly 20 years, has signed a sponsorship agreement with B.A.S.S. to be the Official Towing Service of the 2012 Bassmaster Open Series. 

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Refrigerator-Size Fish Earn Top Spots in BoatUS ANGLER's Fishing Photo Contest

ALEXANDRIA, VA., December 14, 2011 - Photos of a 67-inch tarpon and a 45-inch pike have made two anglers, Sean Riley of New Port Richey, FL, and Brian Papenhagen of Blissfield, MI, grand prize winners in the 2011 BoatUS ANGLER Catch of the Month fishing photo contest.

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Association of Collegiate Anglers' 2012 School of the Year Program Tops 100

SAN ANTONIO, TX, November 22, 2011 - The Association of Collegiate Anglers' School of the Year program has been quietly growing and gaining momentum, with more than 100 active collegiate fishing teams now participating.

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Successful Red Drum Management Prompts FWC to Up Bag Limit

FLORIDA, November 16, 2011 - Recreational anglers targeting red drum in northern Florida can soon take home more of the popular fish, thanks to a change approved Nov. 16 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The decision came during the first day of the two-day November Commission meeting in Key Largo.

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Three Things BoatUS ANGLER Prizewinner Rick Clark Learned While Fishing With Mark Zona

TRAVERSE CITY, MI, November 10, 2011- Largemouth bass angler Rick Clark of Crystal River, FL, recently went on the fishing trip of a lifetime to Northern Michigan, guided by none other than BoatUS ANGLER member and outsized television fishing show personality Mark Zona.

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Buffalo's Brodnicki at Home with Big Waves, Big Smallies and BoatUS ANGLER

BUFFALO, NY, November 1, 2011 - As an inner city science teacher, 38-year-old Brad Brodnicki has taught, as well as learned, many lessons in persistence, patience and never giving up hope.

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Fishing Lure Designed in Destin, FL to be Named World's Largest
Courtesy of nfwDailyNews.com

DESTIN, FL, August 10, 2011 - It's official: at 10 feet, 10 inches tall and a whopping 355.2 pounds the world's largest fishing lure is hanging up at the Village of Baytowne Wharf marina.

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BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions Honored by Osceola County

OCEOLA COUNTY, FL, SEPtember 16, 2011 - Miles Burghoff and Casey O'Donnell continue to revel in their 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship victory almost four months after their heroic final day efforts on Lake Lewisville. The duo was honored by Osceola County, FL, by a local proclamation declaring September 12-16, 2011 as "UCF Reel Knights National Championship Week".

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A Long Way From Waxahachie

TEXAS, May 13, 2011 - Like many of you, Patti Campbell is proud to display the logos of companies that help fuel her passion for tournament fishing on the rear window of her truck. But it was the BoatUS ANGLER toll-free phone number on a card inside her wallet that not only warmed her soul recently – but also kept her safe.

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University of Texas at Tyler Wins Inaugural Ranger Cup University Challenge

SAN ANTONIO, TX, September 2, 2011 - The first annual Ranger Cup University Challenge took place on Choke Canyon Reservoir on August 25th and 26th. Two teams of collegiate anglers qualified for the event based on their participation in the Ranger Cup University program during 2011.

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BoatUS ANGLER Weigh-to-Win Member Troy Morrow Wins Big Bass Honors
courtesy of PAA

LAKE LANIER, GA, August 26, 2011 - BoatUS ANGLER Weigh-to-Win pro Troy Morrow of Georgia thought he might score with a big early-morning bite during the Tournament Series event in mid-March. Held on Lake Lanier, the tournament was just a smidge off of the spawn but had some big girls up shallow feeding and getting ready.

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BoatUS ANGLER Member Todd Auten Clinches PAA Angler of the Year
courtesy of PAA

GADSDEN, AL, August 12, 2011 – Neely Henry Lake has been pretty doggone good to Ranger Boats pro Todd Auten. The quiet veteran from South Carolina came here two years ago and won a storm-shortened PAA Tournament Series event in spring.

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Eastern Kentucky Wins College Fishing Central Division Event

TRENTON, MI, July 16, 2011 - The Eastern Kentucky team of Jonas Ertel of London, and Tyler Moberly of Berea, Kentucky, won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Division event on the Detroit River Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 12 ounces.

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Eastern Kentucky Repeats as Open Champions
2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi

PARIS, TN, June 30, 2011 – It’s not often in a sport as competitive as collegiate bass fishing that a team wins back-to-back tournament titles; although that’s exactly what the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) bass team accomplished today by winning the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi for the second year in a row.

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B.A.S.S. Elite Pro Britt Myers Broke Down, Now Brags About BoatUS ANGLER

WHEELER LAKE, TN, June 20, 2011 – Mechanically inclined Bassmaster Elite Series pro Britt Myers found himself alone in a predicament he couldn’t fix last Tuesday night while practicing for the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Wheeler Lake. Worse yet, darkness was creeping over long stretches of the Tennessee River, and Myers was a long way from the boat ramp.

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UCF Knights Win 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

Sonar Burghoff and Casey O’Donnell Tame Wind Churned Lake Lewisville

LEWISVILLE, TX, May 27, 2011 – Sonar Burghoff and Casey O’Donnell of the University of Central Florida were very confident heading into the final day of competition in the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Trailing the day one leaders by less than a quarter of a pound, the team believed they were on the fish to win the National Championship.

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Trailer Tire Blowout leads to BoatUS ANGLER and an 11-pound Bass
by Matt Pangrac of Basszone.com

NORMAN, OK, June 2011 - There’s no better way to earn faith and confidence in a product than to put it to the test. That being said, I really don’t have a burning desire to test out my driver’s side air bag, the “emergency call only” feature on my cell phone, or the flare gun that I keep in my boat. It’s nice to know that those options are there, but if I’m using one of them, well, you get the picture.

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Browning Bags BoatUS ANGLER "Weigh-to-Win" Bonus Cash

HARRIS CHAIN OF LAKES, FL., March 16, 2011 - If there were a central theme to the Bassmaster Elite Series season opener at Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes it would be that nice guys finished first. Shaw Grigsby won the event, and Stephen Browning won the BoatUS ANGLER "Weigh-to-Win" $500 cash bonus for his 3rd place finish.

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University of Tennessee Wins Inaugural Big Bass Bash presented by HydroWave

SAN ANTONIO, TX, March 28, 2011 - The 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series got off to an exciting start as Tennessee Volunteer, Bradley Cooper, landed a 6.78 pound largemouth bass to win overall big bass and day two big bass honors during the Big Bass Bash presented by HydroWave.

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A $1,500 BoatUS ANGLER "Weigh-to-Win" Bonus for KVD

NEW ORLEANS, LA, February 28, 2011 -- Moments after he held court in the Bassmaster Classic press conference, Kevin VanDam held a jumbo-sized BoatUS ANGLER "Weigh-to-Win" check made out to him in the amount of $1,500.

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